Carolyn Slade Harden (aka) Carol Slade was born in Newark, New Jersey where she graduated from Arts High School, the first public high school in the United States specializing in the visual and performing arts. There, she studied opera and performed leading roles in Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Aida, Faust, and appeared on PBS-Channel 13.
Carolyn received a B.S. Degree in Management Science, with a major in Finance; and a Collateral Program in Training and Development, from Kean University. Her extensive business resume includes more than 40 years of experience in corporate and higher education management, including project management, business analysis, technical writing and training. She also specializes in integrating systems with business practices and held management positions with Coopers & Lybrand, National Professional Education Department and Seton Hall University, W. Paul Stillman School of Business. She is the founder and president of OfficeXperts, LLC.; and created the Harden Institute for Financial Independence which concentrates on educating youth in financial management. She is currently certified as a Quickbooks ProAdvisor. Carolyn also earned credits towards a B.A. Degree in Applied Music, major in voice; minor in piano, at Seton Hall University. Her impressive musical resume includes experience as a professional recording artist, solo performer, musical producer, and choral director.
Among the many highlights of Carolyn’s career in music, she sang with Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick, and Cissy Houston in the gospel group, the Gospelaires and the Drinkard Ensemble. She was also a part of a prolific New York City area session singing team for writers such as Burt Bacharach and Hal David; and, supplied background vocals for artists such as the Drifters, Solomon Burke, and Garnet Mimms. Carolyn made three records which topped the charts in various cities in the U.S. She debuted with “I Saw You With My Best Friend” and “Eavesdropping” released on the Domino label in 1962. Her next single, “I Wanna Know Right Now,” was penned by Van McCoy and also topped the charts in 1963. She appeared on the popular television show American Bandstand, the Apollo Theater in New York, and various venues throughout the U.S. As a Choral Director, she directed the Children's Choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. (where she conducted Whitney Houston in her first solo performance), the Children’s and Youth Choirs at Bethany Baptist
Church in Newark, N.J., the Children’s Choir at Macedonia Baptist Church in Lakewood, N.J., the Seton Hall University Gospel Chorus in South Orange, N.J.; and the Renaissance Adult Community Chorus in Manchester, N.J. She is currently active as a singer and actress in the Renaissance Performing Arts Club (PAC) and several community bands.
In May 2017, Carolyn won the crown of Ms. New Jersey Senior America and in October 2017 Ms. Senior America, an organization which honors and recognizes women who have reached the “age of elegance” (60 years of age or older), affirming the belief that seniors are the foundation of America. Carolyn has received awards and proclamations from Manchester Township and the City of Newark proclaimed for her humanitarian initiatives, contributions toward the enrichment of inspirational music and Christian values, her extraordinary musical talent, and unfailing service and ministry to community and church. .
Carolyn was married to the late Arthur Harden, Jr. for 51 years. They were blessed with a daughter and son who are also successful entrepreneurs. She is proud too of her granddaughter, two grandsons, and great-granddaughter. Carolyn is an integral part of the Foster-Wiley Reunion and has family in 34 states. She loves spending quality time with all her family and friends.
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Terry Meade-Carol Rosario-Carolyn Harden-Denice Mechan-Wenonah Brooks
NJ State Director
New Jersey Senior America
Carolyn Slade Harden
Ms Senior America
Resorts Hotel in Atlantic City
NJ State Administrator
The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT shares the same mission, philosophy and history as its parent organization, which is as follows: The Ms Senior America Pageant is the world's first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who have reached the "Age of Elegance" or 60 years and older. It is a search for the gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all Senior Americans.
The gracious lady crowned Ms New Jersey Senior America then goes on to represent our state in the National Ms Senior America Pageant. During her reign, she travels throughout the state as a role model of the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans.
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